A group of high school students in Redding is getting a hands-on lesson on flying drones.
It's part of a class called robotics applications at Shasta High School which teaches students how robotics are used in the real world.
Students began learning the basics of drone operation last week using a simulator before moving onto smaller pocket-style drones and ultimately bigger, more sophisticated ones.
Teacher Brian Grigsby said It's a skill that could give them a competitive edge when they enter the job field.
“This is going to allow them to be able to maybe do commercial projects, to be able to work maybe for real estate agents or other companies to be able to do surveying for them,” Grigsby said. “So it just gives them those opportunities, which is really what doing some of these things is all about.”
Junior Joshua Akana said he definitely sees the possibilities for real-world applications.
“You don't have to have a guy up 200 feet in the air taking pictures,” junior Joshua Akana said. “You can send a drone up and there, be up and down, take pictures, anything you need in 10 minutes ... especially with all this technology coming out, that's how this world's going to go. I mean, it's, there's no point in not learning how to do this kind of stuff.”
It's only been a week since they started learning how to fly drones.
But teacher Brian Grigsby says the class has been so popular, kids are already how to sign up for next year's class.
He says the goal is to make sure they learn everything they need to be able to get their FAA pilot's license after taking the class.
Grigsby says he'd ultimately like to find a way to supplement the cost of getting that license so the students pay little or nothing out of pocket.